Home Cooking on the Wane

By Janet Raloff, 15:49 PM April 15, 2008

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Passover are among the few holidays on which home-cooked meals remain the norm. On most other days of the year, a large and growing share of U.S. diners happily leave the cooking of at least one meal to professionals.

Eating out is especially common for the nations smallest households, according to a new Department of Energy survey, but all demographic groups have been increasing their consumption of meals prepared outside the home.

New data from the National Resta...

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